Hear Me Roar: 7 of the Bravest Women in Pop Culture

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Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Lesson: We don't need men to save us, we can save ourselves. Lisbeth Salander is nothing short of a technical genius. The ... more 
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Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Lesson: We don't need men to save us, we can save ourselves. Lisbeth Salander is nothing short of a technical genius. The heroine of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Lisbeth is a a tiny girl with huge strength of character; mess with her at your peril. Interestingly, when the male protagonist Mikael Blomkvist finds himself a tad tied up at the end of the book, it is Lisbeth who rescues him and NOT the other way around. Fearless, uber-smart, and unapologetically fierce-looking, Lisbeth hides amongst the shadows, gathering all the info that she needs to make her move. She is definitely a heroine for the 21st century.

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Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:43 PM EDT
Do you remember a time in your life when someone thought you couldn't do something simply because you were a girl? The tree the neighborhood boys thought you couldn't climb? The battle to be heard in your college lecture hall full of loud, opinionated boys? The promotion your boss gave to someone less worthy who "didn't have to run home to children"? Whatever the circumstance, women in our society - even with our ability to vote, our equal education, and our equal opportunities - have still had to struggle to be seen and heard in one way or another. To raise awareness of this very issue, last year the United Nations declared October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl. The goal of this initiative is to give people and organizations the opportunity to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls around the world suffer from. To celebrate this day as women and to empower our daughters, our sisters, our friends - I scoured the world of pop culture to find the greatest women we could all learn a thing or two from. I looked for women that have inspired me, enthralled me, made me proud to be a girl, and ultimately, made me want to be more like them. Click through for the 7 bravest women in pop culture to inspire you.


-By Suzanne Cowie



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